Markets in everything, border fence edition

by on December 15, 2006 at 2:07 pm in Economics | Permalink

A fence-building company in Southern California agrees to pay nearly $5 million in fines for hiring illegal immigrants.  Two executives from the company may also serve jail time.  The Golden State Fence Company’s work includes some of the border fence between San Diego and Mexico…U-S Attorney Carol Lam says as many as a third of the company’s 750 workers may have been in the country illegally.

Here is the story.

Chris Albon December 15, 2006 at 4:05 pm

When you try to circumvent the market, often the market just ends up circumventing you.

ed johnson December 15, 2006 at 6:22 pm
Ray G December 16, 2006 at 1:18 am

This is a serious question: If it’s illegal for illegal aliens (there’s an archaic phrase for everyone) to be employed; for them individually and for the company that hired them, isn’t it illegal for such aliens to receive any kind of government assistance? Likewise, wouldn’t it be just as illegal for the government to pay out bennies to such aliens?

My only concerns on the immigration issue are matters of security, and then the drain on the state caused by our entitlement system.

Thus, it seems going after the illegals that are working are the last ones we should be going after.

So shouldn’t the govt apply these same skills of investigation, and maybe raid a number of apartment complexes and neighborhoods, rounding up illegals on welfare?

Jason December 16, 2006 at 9:00 pm

Martin, I am confused by your comments. Tyler posted an excerpt, referred to it as “Markets in Everything”, and then said, “Here is the whole story”. Could you please enlighten the rest of us as to which parts of these phrases came across as innocent, unscientific, or ideological to you?

Martin December 17, 2006 at 12:38 pm

Jason,

The post’s full title is ‘Markets in everything – border fence edition’.

It leads on to a story about how a company which has been contracted to build a portion of border fence has been repeatedly prosecuted for hiring illegals.

So, does the posts concern a market in border fencing, a market for illegal labour or a combination of both?

One cannot tell.

The constant repetition of the fact that there are markets in everything serves no purpose; one would be greatly surprised if this blog’s readers were unaware of this even before they came here.

The problem with this post is that not only does it not list which market the author is referring to, but fails to address the other factors which might have enabled this market to have come into existence. It is therefore unscientific, in that it is incapable of analysis; its inclusion seems to indicate that the post’s author finds some comfort in posting items entitled ‘Markets in everything’ as opposed to giving readers reasons why these particular markets exist and his opinion on whether they should be regulated.

skater mom June 3, 2009 at 11:31 pm

Get real guys, white boys, african american did not walk in the door to get a job.
to much hard work for a bunch of whining girls. MEN from south of the border
walked in and worked hard and got paid well.

Get real and get your facts straight.

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